Feb 2, 2011

Entering the race...

I wanted to wait until I had successfully completed my first week, but now I feel comfortable sharing with everyone that I'm training for my first 5k! I don't know when the idea to run hit me, but I'm a goal oriented person so I thought it would be nice to use my time in SC to accomplish a few things on my list.

Last year I went to Road Runner Sports and had my feet analyzed and they suggested an awesome pair of running shoes. The Saucony Guide 3 shoes I picked up happen to be perfect for those that average under 15 miles a week of running. I also bought insoles at the time which have been making my feet very happy, but I'm quickly learning that running is a real sport with real injuries.

In the week I've been training I've already had a pulled groin and gnarly foot cramp. I'm definitely a beginner so any pro runners out there with tips for how to stretch, warmup, etc...  are greatly appreciated.

For anyone interested, I found a great online resource that I'm using to train. It's a 9 week program to help take you from the couch to your first 5k! Though the training is 9 weeks long, I planned to run my first race in 5 weeks. I'll have to see where I'm at in a few weeks and make an executive decision at that time. If not, I'll have to find a later starting race. The weather is getting nice out here so I'm sure there will be a few going on.


ANGELINA said...

Good luck on your training! The Couch to 5k program is great and you're going to do amazing :)

Hyps said...

Couch to 5k is a fab programme. I say this although I've been "stuck" at week five for a while.

It's funny that I just happened upon your page when I had decided that tomorrow morning would be the morning that I jump back into W5D1 although I completed up to W5D2. I feel that the gap has been too long. It's been about a week and a half now.

Never dreamed I'd be able to run for the than 60 seconds! lol.

Good luck...I'll be sure to check back to see how you are doing.

South Loop Social Light said...

@ Angelina - Thanks!

@ Hyps - I'm finishing up week 2 now and today (w2d2) was the first time I was actually excited to go run! I think finding some great stretches to do had me pumped to train today. I'll be blogging about it next week. Good luck with your training :)

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